Newcastle are not playing well this season so far, but the lads have still collected a decent 8 points from their five league games, and have ground out good results in the last two league game this week to get 4 good points.
Demba Ba - after scoring 4th goal of the season after 19 minutes today
If somebody had offered us 4 points from the two gamesat Everton and at home to Norwich, we would have taken it in a New York minute, and in some cases results are more important than the performance.
Ben Arfa and Demba Ba produced the class this afternoon that got Newcastle their winning goal, although we missed a penalty just before half time – and we have to get sorted out who the penalty taker is for Newcastle.
We thought it was Demba Ba, although Ben Arfa took the penalty against Spurs and scored, but today Papiss Cisse took the penalty and blazed the ball wildly over the bar.
When you haven’t scored this season, that kind of thing tends to happen to make things worse, and the very worst penalties are when you don’t even make the goalkeeper make a save.
But hey, the lads wanted Papiss Cisse to get on the score-sheet and we won the game this afternoon, so we are not complaining too much.
This is what Alan Pardew told Sky Sports after the game today:
“I thought the penalty miss hurt us mentally a little bit.” “It was such an important game for us to win because, even though we had got some decent results this season, we needed that second win just to get us going.”
“We find ourselves with eight points and I think that is a good reflection because we have had some tough games.” “Norwich made it tough for us today and the back four and the goalie were the standout players, outside of Hatem who was again brilliant.”
“I think it was pretty obvious that they wanted Cisse to score, which says everything about our spirit here.” “It’s not really what I wanted. I want to see it in the back of the net and I want the best player to take it.”
“Papiss missed one in pre-season so I wasn’t too pleased with that, but I can understand it and I didn’t make a big deal about it at half-time because I thought that could hurt us even more.”
This was a very important game to win, and the lads delivered the goods, but Papiss Cisse also missed a penalty in the summer for Senegal, and in that case s he also blazed the ball over the bar, and seemed to lay back when he took both penalty kicks.
But as it turns out it didn’t matter much today, but from now on we need to stick with the player who is the acknowledged penalty taker.
The performance today was just so-so but the result was a massive one.
And now we need to show some of our best form next Saturday at Reading, and we could get our second league win on the trot.
And today was our first clean sheet in the league this season, and only the second overall, so that’s another good things to take out of this game.
Moderately good performance, but a fantastic result is the bottom line with today’s game and we’re very happy right now.
Howay The Lads!!
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